Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho criticised his team’s sloppy defending and lack of a cutting edge after they went down 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
The English Premier League side recovered from the loss of an early Ezequiel Lavezzi goal to equalise courtesy of an Eden Hazard penalty just before the half-hour mark and the Belgian international also struck the post before half-time.
However, PSG seized the initiative again in the second period and a David Luiz own goal put them back in front before Javier Pastore’s stoppage-time effort handed the French Ligue 1 leaders a potentially decisive two-goal advantage heading into next Tuesday’s return leg match at Stamford Bridge.
“I think by the strategical point of view the team had great discipline, and the most difficult things to do in the game they did very well”, said Mourinho, who is looking to become the first coach to win the European Cup with three different clubs following previous triumphs with Porto and Inter Milan.
“They stopped Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Edinson Cavani was under control. The positional play from Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti in the centre of the pitch was completely under control.
“But we couldn’t transform the half-chances that we created into goals and on top of that we made defensive mistakes, individual defensive mistakes. So we paid the price”.